The Retreat of Western Liberalism
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The Retreat of Western Liberalism

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"Insightful and harrowing . . . lucidly expounds on the erosion of the West's middle classes, the dysfunction among its political and economic elites and the consequences for America and the world."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times In his widely acclaimed book Time to Start Thinking, Financial Times chief US columnist and commentator Edward Luce charted the course of America's relative decline, proving to be a prescient voice on our current social and political turmoil. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy--of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability--attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. The West's faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different. Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the literature and economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration, the rise of European populism, and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 145 x 213 x 25mm | 386g
  • Atlantic Monthly Press
  • English
  • 0802127398
  • 9780802127396
  • 394,566

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Praise for Edward Luce: "Superb reporting . . . An unflinchingly brave book. Luce does not shy away from conclusions that are hard for many Americans to hear . . . Rather, he offers what is most needed now: an objective profoundly thoughtful look at the underpinnings of America's economic troubles."--Foreign Policy, on Time to Start Thinking "Indispensable . . . [Luce] is a keen observer."--Wall Street Journal, on In Spite of the Gods "Time to Start Thinking raises the right questions at the right moment, which is what books are supposed to do."--New York Times Book Review, on Time to Start Thinking "Superb . . . The blend of anecdote, history, and economic analysis makes In Spite of the Gods an endlessly fascinating, highly pleasurable way to catch up on a very big story."--New York Times, on In Spite of the Gods "Sophisticated and sympathetic . . . Richly evocative . . . Engaging . . . Sharp-witted prose."--Washington Post, on In Spite of the Gods "Carefully balanced and often startlingly evocative analysis and reportage."--Guardian (UK), on Time to Start Thinking "[Luce's] research is formidable . . . Stunning in its breadth."--New Yorker, on In Spite of the Gods "Following a personalized and anecdotal narrative style, Edward Luce covers a wide canvas that describes the causes and possible solutions for the current state of the US economy. . . . Luce hooks from the first sentence."--Businessworld, on Time to Start Thinking "Luce puts his finger right on some obvious and less obvious problems, all the time pointing the way out of the swamp. . . . Some of his observations are simply delightful . . . This book needs to be read as a dose of cold water, but also as a goad to action to change its sad prognosis before it is too late."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on Time to Start Thinking "A superb new book."--Council on Foreign Relations, on Time to Start Thinking "In a tradition stretching back to de Tocqueville, sympathetic foreigners are often the keenest observers of American life. Edward Luce is one such person. He paints a highly disturbing picture of the state of American society . . . It rises far above the current political rhetoric by its measured reliance on facts rather than canned ideological posturing to reach its conclusions."--Francis Fukuyama, on Time to Start Thinkingshow more

About Edward Luce

Edward Luce is a graduate from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He worked as a speech writer for the treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, worked as the South Asia bureau chief for the Financial Times, and is based in Washington DC as the Financial Times Washington columnist and commentator. He was formerly its Washington bureau chief. He is also the author of In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India and Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent.show more

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